A Midwesterner through and through, Denise Long grew up amid the cornstalks and bean plants of central Illinois. She began writing stories as a young girl, clicking away on a typewriter she received for her 11th birthday. A lifelong reader and learner, she believes in the power of stories and that, sooner or later, kindness and goodness will prevail.

Denise currently works as an editor and fact checker and lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.